Plans to reduce heating bills for Chopwell homes

Chopwell

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Plans to bid for funding to improve more than 800 homes in the west of Gateshead to reduce energy costs for residents have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Proposals to make 220 council and 580 private homes in Chopwell more energy efficient and reduce residents' fuel bills were considered by the Council's Cabinet.

The scheme aims to install solid wall insulation to 500 homes, while 800 homes will have heat pumps installed to extract heat from the ground or air to use for heating.

Solar energy systems will also be installed both to provide electricity to homes and to collect and store heat in the ground for re-use during winter.

On Tuesday 16 July, Cabinet members agreed proposals to bid for £5.8m of European funding towards the £19m overall cost of the scheme. The proposals form part of the Chopwell and Blackhall Mill 10 Year Plan that was developed in conjunction with residents.

A report to Cabinet stated the scheme will help reduce energy costs and fuel poverty in Chopwell, support housing improvements and reduce carbon emissions as part of our Climate Change Strategy, and to support the recent Climate Emergency that the Council declared.

If the funding bid is successful, the scheme could start installing new new measures between 2020 and 2021.

More than 600 homes in Gateshead town centre and Harlow Green are already benefiting from cheaper heating, thanks to a £22m project which was also part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Chopwell
12 July 2019

(photo: Google)

Plans to bid for funding to improve more than 800 homes in the west of Gateshead to reduce energy costs for residents have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Proposals to make 220 council and 580 private homes in Chopwell more energy efficient and reduce residents' fuel bills were considered by the Council's Cabinet.

The scheme aims to install solid wall insulation to 500 homes, while 800 homes will have heat pumps installed to extract heat from the ground or air to use for heating.

Solar energy systems will also be installed both to provide electricity to homes and to collect and store heat in the ground for re-use during winter.

On Tuesday 16 July, Cabinet members agreed proposals to bid for £5.8m of European funding towards the £19m overall cost of the scheme. The proposals form part of the Chopwell and Blackhall Mill 10 Year Plan that was developed in conjunction with residents.

A report to Cabinet stated the scheme will help reduce energy costs and fuel poverty in Chopwell, support housing improvements and reduce carbon emissions as part of our Climate Change Strategy, and to support the recent Climate Emergency that the Council declared.

If the funding bid is successful, the scheme could start installing new new measures between 2020 and 2021.

More than 600 homes in Gateshead town centre and Harlow Green are already benefiting from cheaper heating, thanks to a £22m project which was also part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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